Fernando Amorebieta

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Amorebieta and the second or maternal family name is Mardaras.
Fernando Amorebieta
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Amorebieta as an Athletic Bilbao player
Personal information
Full name Fernando Gabriel Amorebieta Mardaras[1]
Date of birth (1985-03-29) 29 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Cantaura, Venezuela
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Fulham
Number 5
Youth career
1995–1996 Colegio San Miguel
1996–2003 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Baskonia 26 (1)
2004–2005 Bilbao Athletic 35 (1)
2005–2013 Athletic Bilbao 195 (3)
2013– Fulham 27 (2)
National team
2004 Spain U19 4 (0)
2007– Basque Country 4 (0)
2011– Venezuela 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 3 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 12 October 2013 (UTC)

Fernando Gabriel Amorebieta Mardaras (born 29 March 1985) is a professional footballer who plays for English club Fulham as a central defender.

He played most of his professional career with Athletic Bilbao, appearing in 253 official games over the course of eight La Liga seasons and scoring four goals.[2][3]

Internationally Amorebieta played for Spain as a youth, but later decided to represent Venezuela at senior level.

Club career[edit]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

Born in Cantaura, Anzoátegui, Venezuela, Amorebieta met Athletic Bilbao's eligibility standards, having been raised in the Basque Country, and through his parents, both of whom hailed from the region.[4] He made his first-team debuts in the 2005–06 season, becoming an undisputed first-choice in the subsequent La Liga campaigns.

Amorebieta played in a total of 47 official matches in 2009–10, helping Athletic reach the round-of-32 in the season's UEFA Europa League, as well as an eighth-place finish in the league; he collected 18 yellow cards in the process, being sent off twice.[5]

Amorebieta began the 2012–13 season nursing a pubalgia aliment,[6] and was later involved in a dispute over the extension of his contract.[7][8]

Fulham[edit]

On 15 April 2013, Amorebieta agreed to sign a four-year deal with Fulham on a free transfer effective as of 1 July, after the expiration of his link with Athletic Bilbao.[9] The Premier League club officially announced his signing on 22 May,[10] and he made his debut on 14 September, coming on as a substitute for Kieran Richardson in a 1–1 home draw against West Bromwich Albion.[11]

Amorebieta scored his first goal on English football on 26 April 2014, netting his team's second in an eventual 2–2 home draw with Hull City.[12]

International career[edit]

Spain[edit]

Amorebieta was part of the Spanish U19 squad that won the UEFA European Championship in 2004.[13] In August 2008 he was called up by new senior team manager Vicente del Bosque for a friendly against Denmark,[14] but did not leave the bench.

Venezuela[edit]

As early as 2006, Amorebieta expressed his interest in playing for the Venezuelan national team.[15] However, according to FIFA rules at the time, he should have switched his affiliation prior to the age of 21, having previously played for Spain's youth teams.[16] FIFA removed the rule in 2009,[17] and talks between the player and the Venezuelan Football Federation resumed.

Finally, on 2 September 2011, Amorebieta made his senior debut in a friendly with Argentina, a 0–1 loss.[18] On 11 October, against the same opponent but for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, he scored in a 1–0 home win, which signified Venezuela's first-ever win against the Albiceleste in the tournament.[19]

Basque Country[edit]

Amorebieta also appeared in four matches for the Basque Country national team (a non-FIFA affiliate), debuting against Venezuela in San Cristóbal, Táchira on 20 June 2007.[13] The friendly match, a 4–3 Basque win, was the grand opening for the 43,000 all-seated Pueblo Nuevo Stadium, after two years of construction for the 2007 Copa América.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2011 José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela  Argentina 1–0 1–0 2014 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Athletic Bilbao

Country[edit]

Spain U19

Club statistics[edit]

As of 5 November 2014[20][21][22]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[23] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Baskonia 2003–04 26 1 26 1
Total 26 1 26 1
Bilbao Athletic 2004–05 24 1 24 1
2005–06 11 0 11 1
Total 35 1 35 1
Athletic Bilbao 2005–06 15 0 2 0 2 0 19 0
2006–07 27 0 1 0 28 0
2007–08 34 0 6 1 40 1
2008–09 29 0 7 0 36 0
2009–10 34 0 2 0 11 0 0 0 47 0
2010–11 17 0 0 0 17 0
2011–12 28 3 8 0 14 0 50 3
2012–13 11 0 2 0 4 0 17 0
Total 195 3 28 1 29 0 2 0 254 4
Fulham 2013–14 23 1 3 0 0 0 26 1
2014–15 6 1 1 0 0 0 7 1
Total 29 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 33 2
Career totals 285 7 32 1 29 0 2 0 347 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Amorebieta cumplió su partido 200 con el Athletic" [Amorebieta played 200th match with Athletic] (in Spanish). La Vinotinto. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "El Fulham confirma el fichaje del defensa Fernando Amorebieta por cuatro temporadas" [Fulham confirms signing of defender Fernando Amorebieta for four seasons] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "¿Por qué en el Athletic de Bilbao solo juegan vascos?" [Why only Basque play for Athletic de Bilbao?] (in Spanish). BBC. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Amorebieta se vuelve 'loco' con los grandes" [Amorebieta goes 'crazy' with big clubs] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Fútbol.– Amorebieta (Athletic), cuatros semanas de baja tras ser operado con éxito de sus molestias de pubalgia" [Football.– Amorebieta (Athletic), four weeks out after successful pubalgia surgery] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Amorebieta: lo tomas o lo dejas" [Amorebieta: take it or leave it] (in Spanish). Deia. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Urrutia: 'Ya no hay oferta por Amorebieta'" [Urrutia: 'We no longer have an offer for Amorebieta'] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Kay, Alex (15 April 2013). "Former Arsenal target Amorebieta agrees to sign for Fulham on free transfer". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Amorebieta arrives". Fulham F.C. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Fulham 1–1 West Brom". BBC Sport. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Fulham 2–2 Hull". BBC Sport. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Amorebieta". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Amorebieta e Iraola, sorpresas en la lista de Del Bosque" [Amorebieta and Iraola, surprises in Del Bosque's list] (in Spanish). Marca. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Fernando Amorebieta dispuesto a jugar ya con Venezuela" [Fernando Amorebieta willing to play for Venezuela immediately] (in Spanish). Marca. 19 December 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Fernando Amorebieta no podrá jugar con la selección de Venezuela como quería" [Fernando Amorebieta will not be able to play with Venezuelan national team as he intended] (in Spanish). Marca. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "Age limit on players switching nations is removed". ESPN Soccernet. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Amorebieta debuta con Venezuela" [Amorebieta makes Venezuela debut] (in Spanish). Marca. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Venezuela hizo historia a costa de una desorientada y cansada Argentina" [Venezuela makes history at the expense of dizzy and tired Argentina] (in Spanish). La Capital. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  20. ^ Official site statistics
  21. ^ Fernando Amorebieta at ESPN FC
  22. ^ "F. Amorebieta". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  23. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

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